Last week, the General Assembly completed their work for the legislative session. We will provide a detailed summary of their work that impacts education. For now, we want to provide an update related to testing and accountability in Tennessee.
As the legislature was winding down, TNReady implementation saw a series of challenges. Much of the discussion and deliberation at the legislature during the last few days focused on testing, teacher evaluations and the new accountability system under ESSA.
The legislature considered multiple bill proposals that would have impacted testing and accountability in different ways. Ultimately, the House and Senate reached a compromise stating that “no adverse action may be taken against any student, teacher, school, or LEA based, in whole or in part, on student achievement data generated from the 2017–18 assessment.”
In the next few weeks we will be analyzing the impact of the legislation passed and working with our partners at the Tennessee Department of Education to adjust our school accountability and ESSA strategy accordingly.